Friday, August 2, 2013

Ask Me Anything!

In case you didn't notice, I added an "Ask Me Anything" widget to my sidebar.  (It's underneath the "About Me" section.)  While I encourage you to ask questions in the comment section after each post (so anyone can see and respond), if you have something you don't want to publicly post, you can use "Ask Me Anything" to send a private question.  I'll email you a response.

Check it out!

6 comments:

  1. I have been turned on to the interactive notebook idea. It's a bit intimidating to jump into it, but I can completely see the positives for the students. Do you have any links to websites where I can see a completed notebook (flip page by page)?

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    1. I am going to be uploading pics and hopefully a short clip of my students' notebooks from last year soon. You can also go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=U_KkpZUqLEc.

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  2. Hi Katie! First off, I LOVE your blog. I recently just started teaching 8th grade math as well.. my first job after I graduated college! I've been teaching 8th grade for 2 years and I was wondering what are some of the strategies and different ways you differentiate instruction within your class. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks so much! As for differentiation, my classes are grouped homogeneously so, for the most part, my students are on the same level. There are, however, those who really excel and some who still struggle more than others. I like to give pre-quizzes on topics before teaching them to see who is strong already and who will need extra help. I then create activities and group the kids accordingly. Hope that helps!

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  3. Love your blog and your information on interactive notebooks is simple, straight forward, and very helpful.

    I am going to give the interactive notebook a try this year. I am excited and nervous!

    I decided to go with the composition notebooks based on some other blogs, but I am already second-guessing myself. They are much smaller and I fear I will spend a lot of time formatting pages to fit the notebook. Although I am already committed to the comp books, I wondered how you liked the spirals for interactive notebooks? Were they sturdy enough? Also, how many books did you need for the year?

    My other question is about homework and warm-ups. I like the notebooks because it will help those that struggle with organization, but I can't decide whether to include homework and warm-ups. If I do, it will fill up quickly and will not be as easy to find the notes. If I don't, I need a plan for organizing extra "stuff". What did you do? DId you keep homework assignments separate or did you put them in the notebooks?

    Thanks for you help! It seems so silly, but I stress about these little things and I know prior thought and plannning can save me time later.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! For the most part, the spiral 5-subject notebooks held up well this past year. A few students had issues (but they were the ones whose notebooks I would find all over the room and hallways). One 5-subject lasted each student for the year. I use 3 sections for notes, 1 for their math dictionary, and 1 for homework. I also do warm-ups, but not in their interactive notebooks. I actually use composition notebooks for the warmups that are kept in seat sacks at each desk for easy access. And don't feel silly - those were great questions!

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